Red Flag Reviews

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Peter Debruge
Variety
February 25, 2013
Alex Karpovsky picks at a navel better left ungazed.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
February 22, 2013
In an era when awkwardness is the new self-confidence, the director manages to be palpably neurotic without trying too hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 22, 2013
Starring roles in two of his own micro-budget indie films suggest a future that won't involve lattes or Lena Dunham.
Full Review | Original Score: ***
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 21, 2013
If it's all reasonably familiar indie-comedy terrain, it's delivered at a brisk, economical clip with plenty of laughs, and a series of running gags that keep getting funnier.
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
February 21, 2013
If only "Red Flag" were funnier and tighter and had a sharper idea about what it means to blur the lines between self-interrogation and self-absorption.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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February 21, 2013
Karpovsky's anxiety-ridden shtick here combines the crippling doubt and self-loathing of many Woody Allen protagonists with the obnoxious solipsism of Larry David.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 21, 2013
Owing a debt to Albert Brooks' early comedies, "Red Flag" might be too much if it weren't just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
February 21, 2013
It surprisingly abandons its obvious meta elements and unfolds as a straightforward road-trip flick, opting for an exhibition of self-loathing rather than self-reflexivity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 21, 2013
Modest, personal, and nicely proportioned, Red Flag resembles one of Hong Sang-soo's self-reflexive doodles about relationships and filmmaking-Oki's Movie, in particular-and it wisely doesn't take too big a bite.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 20, 2013
It's conventional stuff, only executed with a smart, improv-y verve.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 20, 2013
You can see genuine talent poking through the festival-circuit tedium; hopefully Karpovsky's better instincts will win out next time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
February 19, 2013
Karpovsky's DIY know-how helps maximize a pint-size budget.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 19, 2013
[A] loose-limbed, whiplash-funny scant-budget road movie.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
February 19, 2013
This could be a recipe for excessive self-indulgence, but the meta quality of "Red Flag" is entirely irrelevant to its low key charm and persistent irreverence -- anchored, as always, by Karpovsky's loopy screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 18, 2013
Karpovsky is an engaging screen presence, doing comic artistic neurosis in "Red Flag"..an explosion of work from an intriguing filmmaker.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 16, 2012
Establishes Karpovsky as the Woody Allen of the digital media generation: As he presents himself here, he is as self-absorbed as Allen, but his comfort with new technology results in a lo-fi video diary that the perfectionist Allen would eschew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
Houston Press
June 28, 2012
...your tolerance for Karpovsky himself, who has appeared in several Lena Dunham projects, will determine your appreciation; based on an informal survey, I find him more amusing than most.
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
June 21, 2012
When Red Flag really hits its stride, which happens somewhat late in its second act, it becomes the film it should be through and through -- a funny, well-observed, keenly acted feature about drama, trauma, and second chances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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